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Crime
Contains information related to crime occurrences including information on offenders, victims and victimisation surveys
Courts
Contains information on criminal courts and federal defendants
Corrections
Contains information on prisoners in custody and corrective services
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Includes information related to crime and justice news, family domestic violence, key feature articles and the Offence Classification used in ABS crime and justice collections.

4906.0 – Personal Safety, Australia, 2012
Provides information from the 2012 Personal Safety Survey about the nature and extent of violence experienced by men and women aged 18 years and over since the age of 15. This includes their experience of sexual assault, sexual threat, physical assault and physical threat. It includes information about their experience of this violence by different types of male and female perpetrators (including current partner, previous partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or date, other known man or woman, and stranger).
Detailed information is provided for the most recent incident for each of the different types of violence by a male and by a female perpetrator. This includes information about the characteristics (such as the location, the involvement of alcohol or drugs), actions taken (help sought, contact with police) and consequences of violence (time off work) for their most recent incident for each of the different types of violence.
It also contains detailed information about men's and women's experience of current and/or previous partner violence such as frequency, actions taken (help sought, contact with police) and consequences (children witnessing, temporary/final separations from partner). Additional information on emotional abuse by a current and/or male/female previous partner is also provided.
It also collected related information about their lifetime experience of stalking, their experience of physical and sexual abuse before the age of 15 and general feelings of safety


4517.0 – Prisoners in Australia, 2013
Contains national information on prisoners who were in custody on 30 June each year. The statistics are derived from information collected by the ABS from corrective services agencies in each state and territory. Details are provided on the number of people in correctional institutions (including people on remand), imprisonment rates, most serious offence and sentence length. Information is also presented on prisoner characteristics (age, sex, Indigenous status) and on the type of prisoner (all prisoners, sentenced prisoners, and unsentenced prisoners (remandees).

4529.0.00.002 – Bridging the Data Gaps for Family, Domestic, and Sexual Violence, 2013
Bridging the data gaps for family, domestic and sexual violence provides advice about strategies and actions required to address critical data gaps and improve the evidence base in this field. It builds on the conceptual information presented in Defining the data challenge for family, domestic and sexual violence (cat. no. 4529.0) by presenting and prioritising the key policy and research questions that remain unanswered and highlighting the current data environment. It identifies key data gaps by examining the information flows through organisations that provide services to those affected by family, domestic and sexual violence. The three priority data enhancement themes are presented and improvements in these areas are expected to enhance the overall quality of Australia's statistical assets and lay the foundations for the establishment of a National Data Collection and Reporting Framework.

4512.0 Corrective Services, Australia, September quarter 2013
Contains national information on persons in adult custody and community-based corrections in Australia. Quarterly information is presented for each state and territory. Information available includes: sex; age; imprisonment rates; legal status (sentenced, unsentenced); type of custody (secure, open); sentenced receptions; federal prisoners and type of community-based corrective services orders. Indigenous data are also available.

4533.0 – Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics (2013 update)
Provides an on-line reference point for sources of data relating to Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) that are collected by, or on behalf of, Australian and State and Territory Government agencies. Directory entries provide information about the purpose, type of collection, frequency, history and range of FDV-related data available from each collection. Contact details, including links to source agencies are also provided as well as information about publications and further data availability for each source.

4524.0 - In Focus: Crime and Justice Statistics, October 2013
This publication presents analysis and commentary on a range of topics using ABS Crime and Justice statistical sources. The October 2013 release provides a detailed analysis of the relationship between disability due to a mental health condition and crime victimisation.

4512.0 Corrective Services, Australia, June quarter 2013
This publication contains national information about persons in adult custody and community-based corrections in Australia. Quarterly information is presented for each state and territory. Information available includes: sex; age; imprisonment rates; legal status (sentenced, unsentenced); type of custody (secure, open); sentenced receptions; federal prisoners and type of community-based corrective services orders. Indigenous data are also available.


4524.0 - In Focus: Crime and Justice Statistics, June 2013
This publication presents analysis and commentary on a range of topics using ABS Crime and Justice statistical sources. The June 2013 release explores sociodemographic differences in personal fraud victimisation.

4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2012
This publication presents national crime statistics relating to victims of a selected range of personal and household offences that have been recorded by police. These statistics provide indicators of the level and nature of recorded crime victimisation in Australia and a basis for measuring change over time. This publication provides a breakdown of the selected offences by victim characteristics (age and sex); the nature of the incident (weapon use and location); and the outcome of police investigations at 30 days. These data are also available by state and territory. The collection also provides for selected states and territories information about the relationship of the offender to the victim and the Indigenous status of the victim.

4512.0 Corrective Services, Australia, March quarter 2013
This publication contains national information about persons in adult custody and community-based corrections in Australia. Quarterly information is presented for each state and territory. Information available includes: sex; age; imprisonment rates; legal status (sentenced, unsentenced); type of custody (secure, open); sentenced receptions; federal prisoners and type of community-based corrective services orders. Indigenous data are also available.


4515.0 - Federal Defendants, Australia, 2011-12
Provides comparable data showing the number of defendants with federal offences dealt with by the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's criminal courts for all states and territories. Details are provided on the characteristics of defendants (such as age and sex), their principal federal offence and principal sentence. A range of information is also presented for the total count of federal offences.

4512.0 Corrective Services, Australia, December quarter 2012
This publication contains national information about persons in adult custody and community-based corrections in Australia. Quarterly information is presented for each state and territory. Information available includes: sex; age; imprisonment rates; legal status (sentenced, unsentenced); type of custody (secure, open); sentenced receptions; federal prisoners and type of community-based corrective services orders. Indigenous data are also available.


4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2011-12
Offender statistics provide data relating to the number and characteristics of alleged offenders who have been proceeded against by police during the 12 month reference period. This publication provides a profile of alleged offenders, including their age, sex, Indigenous status, principal offence, how often they have been proceeded against by police within the reference period, as well as a count of proceedings that may result in court or non-court actions.

4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2011-12
Contains summary data about victims for a selected range of personal and household offences including assault, threatened assault, personal robbery, sexual assault, household break-in, attempted break-in, motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle, malicious property damage and people's perceptions of the criminal justice system. Also provides information about the characteristics of victims, the characteristics of their most recent incident and whether the incidents were reported to police.

4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2011-12
Provides nationally comparable data showing the number of defendants dealt with by the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's criminal courts. Includes details on the characteristics of defendants (such as age and sex), and outcomes associated with adjudicated defendants (including sentence type) by the type of principal offence committed. Information is presented for each state and territory (including the aggregate total for Australia) and for each of the three court levels.

4529.0 – Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic, and Sexual Violence
Defining the data challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence forms the foundation required to establish a sound evidence base for this field. It presents statistical conceptual information relating to family, domestic and sexual violence and describes the main concepts, sources and priorities in this field. It also incorporates strategies for information development to address priority data needs as they relate to family, domestic and sexual violence.

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Footnotes for National Snapshot on Crime
1 Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2011, cat.no. 4510.0, ABS, Canberra
2 Federal Defendants, Selected States and Territories, 2010-11, cat.no. 4515.0, ABS, Canberra
3 Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2011-12, cat.no. 4519.0, ABS, Canberra
4 Criminal Courts, Australia, 2011-12, cat.no.4513.0, ABS, Canberra
5 Prisoners in Australia, 2012, cat.no. 4517.0, ABS, Canberra
6 Crime Victimisation, Australia 2011-12, cat. no. 4530.0, ABS, Canberra

Australia

There were 18,020 victims of sexual assault recorded by police, 25% of these victims were aged 10 to 14 years. [1]

The number of migration and people smuggling offences finalised in Australia's Criminal Courts rose from 220 in 2009-10 to 488 in 2010-11. [2]

The most common principal offences for male offenders were public order offences and acts intended to cause injury (20% and 19% respectively); for female offenders it was theft (30%). [3]

The number of defendants finalised in the Criminal Courts has declined from 695,331 in 2008-09 to 572,251 in 2011-12. [4]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners comprised just over a quarter (27% or 7,982) of the total prisoner population in 2012, up from one-fifth (20% or 4498) in 2002. [5]

The ABS Crime Victimisation Survey 2011-12 found that the number of victims of non face-to-face threatened assault, which includes threats made via SMS, email or social media, rose from 170,700 in 2010-11 to 213,100 in 2011-12. [6]



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